Jacobien Vlasman, born in 1969 in Amsterdam, grew up in Germany and has lived in Berlin since 1993, where she first completed a master’s degree in humanities (German, romance studies, and philosophy) in 1998 and then turned her real passion, music, into a profession. From 2014 she studied in the European Jazz Master (EUJAM) program, which took her from Berlin to Trondheim, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and Paris, and from which she graduated in 2016 with the grade of “very good.” In her almost 25-year career as a musician, she has performed in clubs and at festivals in various European countries and has worked with many well-known colleagues, including Angelika Niescier, Julia Hülsmann, Christian Thomé, Achim Kaufmann, Phil Donkin, Christian Kögel, Kalle Kalima, and Moritz Baumgärtner. She has received various grants and project sponsorships, including from the Berlin Senate Administration for Culture and Europe, the Music Fund and German Orchestra Foundation. Since 2020, Vlasman has been organizing the rejazz festival, which she initiated, and she is the artistic director of the “Inside …” series at the Zig Zag Jazz Club in Berlin.
Jacobien Vlasman was a resident at Tarabya Cultural Academy from December 2017 to February 2018 and August 2018.